House for Sale: Must Love Cards
The real estate market hasn't been great for the past few years and sellers are always looking for creative ways to add value to their homes. The same can be said of many card dealers. A Washington man is taking this idea of creative selling to new extremes by offering his home as an incentive to buy his large sports card and memorabilia collection.
Gary Bower of Pasco is selling his entire sports collection, which he estimates at over two million cards. The person who takes them all also gets his five-bedroom home. The asking price? $280,000. The collection ranges from 1933 Goudey Sport Kings Red Grange and Otis Thorpe cards to rookie cards of John Elway and Mark McGwire. Bower's lifelong collection also includes many unopened boxes and sports-themed Wheaties boxes, soup cans and soda cans.
On top of the cards and memorabilia, a customized 1952 Chevrolet two-door Bel Air hardtop is also included in the sale. Bower estimates the sports card collection to be worth around $200,000, which works out to a dime per card if the estimate of two million is correct. The home was valued at $169,000 by the county assessor. The Chevrolet Bel Air is worth as much as $20,000. If accurate, the asking price seems fair for the right person.
Bower's desire to unload his collection stems from the death of his wife in 2003. Since then, he has lost interest and the enormous collection that began in the 1970s has reached an ending point.